Homeless Populations


People who lack a regular dwelling or nighttime residence are often referred to as homeless or "unhoused." RAND research on homeless adult and youth populations explores the nexus between their economic status and their mental and physical health, drug use, and potential for other high-risk behaviors.

  • A young man in a cap smokes a cigarette

    Research Brief

    Reducing Cigarette Smoking Among Unaccompanied Homeless Youth

    Aug 27, 2015

    Heavy smoking and high-risk smoking practices are common among homeless youth. Most of those who smoke are interested in quitting, but they need assistance.

  • homeless man against the wall

    Journal Article

    Monogamy on the Street: A Study of Homeless Men

    Mar 27, 2013

    Men experiencing homelessness valued committed relationships but were frustrated by their lack of access to female partners—accentuated by the stigma attached to homelessness—and also by logistical barriers to relationships.

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